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Kosher in Philadelphia- ASAP

cheesecake17 Feb 14, 2009 04:37 PM

I'll be going to Philadelphia tomorrow for two days. Any reccomendations on where to eat? Looking for places for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner. We'll have a car. Thanks!

  1. weinstein5 Feb 14, 2009 07:05 PM

    Check out http://shamash.org/kosher/ - one place I have been wanting to get to pjiladelphia to try is Max and Davids

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    1. re: weinstein5
      cheesecake17 Feb 15, 2009 04:42 AM

      Thanks! I've been looking at shamash, but there's so much there.. wanted some firsthand updated reviews.

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      RichardGee Feb 15, 2009 11:05 AM

      Express Kosher is a nice place - reasonably priced


      also: www.MamasVegetarian.com

      one thing guaranteed - you won't starve. also: http://www.yitzipeking.com really very nice place if you have a yen for Chinese/sushi

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        cheesecake17 Feb 16, 2009 01:24 PM

        We ended up going to Mama's Vegetarian for lunch and Max and David's for dinner. Lunch today was bagels from the hotel breakfast.

        1. re: cheesecake17
          lazercal Jan 21, 2010 08:59 AM

          How was it?? My wife and I are going to Philly in few weeks and had the same questions.

          1. re: lazercal
            cheesecake17 Jan 21, 2010 09:11 AM

            Mama's was good- falafel sandwiches. Not the best I've ever had, but really good. The place is kind of small.

            Max and David's was really awesome. I wrote a longish review when I first when.. you can search for it.

        2. re: RichardGee
          vallevin Feb 16, 2009 05:06 PM

          Yitzipeking closed a while ago....

          Most reliable up to date listing of place is this:


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          morris Jan 21, 2010 04:58 AM

          Any updates on kosher places in downtown Philly? Even the vaad website looks like it might not be up to date.

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          1. re: morris
            vallevin Jan 21, 2010 05:25 AM

            I think it is still just Mama's vegetarian.

            1. re: vallevin
              zsero Jan 21, 2010 06:48 PM

              Really? Didn't Maccabeam reopen? When I was there in September I was told it was going to reopen the day after Tzom Gedaliah. Did that not happen?

              1. re: zsero
                Reveg Jan 22, 2010 04:46 AM

                Macabeam is open-cant tell you about it. though. Max and David's is about 1/2 hour from downtown and worth the trip. It would be a great restaurant anywhere.

                1. re: Reveg
                  Bride of the Juggler Jan 24, 2010 03:20 PM

                  Maccabeam did reopen under a new name. Also there is now Hamifgash (schwarma and kebob type place), run by the original owners of Maxim's in Cherry HIll. And of course there are still the Chinese vegetarian restaurants (Harmony, Singapore, Kingdom of Vegetarians) some of which are under Conservative hashgacha. Thank you.

                  1. re: Bride of the Juggler
                    zsero Jan 24, 2010 07:16 PM

                    Maxim was good. When driving through that part of the world I used to make a point of stopping there if it was anywhere near a meal time. If Hamifgash has a good hashgacha I look forward to trying it out

                    1. re: zsero
                      Reveg Jan 26, 2010 03:49 AM

                      Hamifgash hasgacha is no the standard one you see in Phila. You need to check if it meets your standards.

                    2. re: Bride of the Juggler
                      Prettypoodle Jan 26, 2010 09:07 AM

                      Maccabeam is now Galt Delight. My husband and I ate there a few weeks ago and it was really good. Not fancy at all, but just good food. I would go back againa nd look forward to doing so.
                      In Cherry Hill , NJ there is Perins (sp?) pizza/fallefel etc) and Cherry Grill, which I liked alot too. Cherry Hill is maybe 15-20 minutes from Center City Phila (but over the bridge)

                      1. re: Prettypoodle
                        Dovid Mar 19, 2010 03:06 PM

                        Mama's Vegetarian is fast and efficient. However, the place is dingy and depressing. The tables and floors are quite dirty, even when the place opens for the day, which does not bode well for the kitchen. One good thing to note, though, is that the guys behind the counter who prepare your food remove their rubber glove before handling your money, and seem to have been trained on at least this part of food safety.

                        There are several Chinese vegetarian restaurants with Conservative certifications. This may mean no onsite supervision, and they are open Saturdays. Admittedly, this is par for the course in smaller US cities.

            2. k
              kosherfoodfan Jan 16, 2011 08:25 AM

              There are a few new places in Philly-Center City that are now kosher certified by Rabbi Zev Schwarcz (Orthodox) of NY/NJ that are really great: Su Xing House 1508 Sansom, Blackbird Vegan Pizzarria 507 South 6th Street, Swiss Haus Bakery 35 South 19th Street. I've been to all of them and I highly recommend them all. Local Mashgichim frequent the places regularly according to Rabbi Schwarcz.

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                Prettypoodle Feb 6, 2011 07:29 AM

                Swiss Huas baker is where nmy art school buddies woudl go for special occasions. Nice to hear it it now Koshe! YUM!

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                kosherfoodfan Feb 3, 2011 03:18 PM

                New Kosher place in Center City - Falafel Bar 1513 Chestnut under the Philly Va'ad (Keystone K). Have not gone there yet but sounds similar to Mama's. Will report back when I go!

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                  kosherfoodfan Feb 6, 2011 09:18 PM

                  Update: Went to Falafel Bar today and it is pretty good. In many ways it is a standard falafel joint, but they do have a panini menu and a salad menu and fries which makes it a nice change from mama's. We had the Greek salad and the tuna panini, both which were very good. Place is casual, but has a fresh, clean appearance. They are closed on Shabbat. They currently have the KO hechsher but are planning on getting the keystone K hechsher.

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